Landmark Massachusetts Net-Metering Bill Goes Up in Smoke As Water-Downed Compromise Bill is Agreed to On Last Day of Legislative Session

Landmark Massachusetts Net-Metering Bill Goes Up in Smoke As Water-Downed Compromise Bill is Agreed to On Last Day of Legislative Session

An eleventh-hour compromise by the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee effectively gutted the highly publicized net metering and solar power bill, which, as proposed, was considered by many including the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) to be a boon for solar development in the nation’s fourth largest solar market in terms of both installed capacity and total jobs.

Monday Morning Regulatory Review: FERC Regional Electricity Grid Planning; EPA Pollution Permit Applications; GAO Critiques EPA Cost Analysis; And OMB Snapshot

Monday Morning Regulatory Review:  FERC Regional Electricity Grid Planning; EPA Pollution Permit Applications; GAO Critiques EPA Cost Analysis; And OMB Snapshot

The summer doldrums advanced further last week.  Several different actions by the Courts of Appeals warrant mention this morning, including denial of multiple petitions for review of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) rule that manages the development of the nationwide electricity grid and a remand of an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pollution permit waiver as violating the Clean Air Act (CAA).

U.S. Court of Appeals Affirms FERC Order No. 1000 On Regional Transmission Planning and Cost Allocation

On August 15, 2014, a three judge panel (Circuit Judges Rogers, Griffith and Pillard) of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) Order No. 1000 Final Rule and subsequent rehearing orders – Order No. 1000-A and Order No. 1000-B (together, Order No. 1000) on regional transmission planning and cost allocation, South Carolina Public Service Authority v. FERC, Case Nos. 12-1232, et al. (consolidated).